FOOTBALL: Twin test for Spalding United

Spalding United
Spalding United

Boss Chris Rawlinson feels the quality and character in Spalding United’s squad can book a play-off place.

The Tulips remain on course to keep alive those dreams of promotion going into the final 10 league games.

We’ve got very clever footballers in the squad who know the game. It’s not just about flair and talent.

Chris Rawlinson

They slipped to third spot in the Evo-Stik Northern Premier League First Division South in midweek – but now face a double-header with second-placed Witton Albion.

The Cheshire club moved above Spalding on Tuesday night thanks to a 4-3 victory at Stocksbridge Park Steels.

Rawlinson arrived in south Yorkshire during the first half when Witton were 3-1 up, following the late postponement of the Tulips’ trip to Leek Town due to heavy rain.

He said: “Witton made it 4-1 but Stocksbridge rallied and should have got a point in the end.

“I watched Witton about a month ago at Lincoln United and in both games they were exactly the same.

“They are a good side and deserve to be where they are in the table.

“They have real quality but we will be looking at certain ways to stop their threat and impose ourselves on the game.

“People might say that it’s awful playing back-to-back games. That will be true if we lose both!

“But we will be going there on Saturday trying to win the game as we always do.

“If we don’t win it then I know the characters within our group will make sure they put it right the following 
Saturday.

“We’ve got very clever footballers in the squad who know the game. It’s not just about flair and talent.

“They know exactly what is needed. I’d like to think we can beat Witton at least once.

“We’ll be doing everything we can to at least stay in third place ahead of the chasing pack.

“We’re still on target for the play-offs. Apart from a bad spell in November, we have proved we are good enough to be in the mix. Now we have to make sure we stay up there.”